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Investigators: California Officer was Killed in "Botched Robbery Attempt" at Police Station

November 19, 2015  | 

Officer Ricardo "Ricky" Galvez (Photo: Downey PD)
Officer Ricardo "Ricky" Galvez (Photo: Downey PD)

A Downey, CA, police officer fatally shot while sitting in his personal vehicle in the station’s parking lot was the victim of a botched robbery, according to investigators.

Officer Ricardo "Ricky" Galvez was parked in his personal vehicle in the police station’s lot, located in the 10900 block of Brookshire Avenue, when two people ran up and at least one opened fire around 11 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Three people believed to be responsible for the shooting, identified as two male adults and one male juvenile, were in custody, Sheriff’s Lt. John Corina said during a news conference.

“It looks like these guys were out looking for somebody to rob,” Corina said. “They saw Officer Galvez sitting in his car — it was his personal car — and they thought, well, we’re going to go up and rob this individual. When they approached the car, that’s when they shot him.”

Galvez, 29, was nearing the end of his shift when the “brazen” shooting occurred, KTLA TV reports.

Comments (11)

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kevCopAz @ 11/19/2015 4:36 PM

Really? In front of the police station? I have been an investigator for 30 years, I wouldn't believe these suspects at all! They either are the most stupid folks I know and or so full of drugs that they would do this. I think there may be another reason they say this knowing that killing a cop pre-meditatively would be far worse on them. I smell a lawyer making this up to protect the client. I bet you they had a lawyer before this story came out for sure. this is BS!

Ron Martinelli @ 11/19/2015 4:41 PM

Am I the only death investigator that finds this story that 3 suspects decided to rob a guy (plainclothes cop) in the parking lot of a POLICE DEPARTMENT a bit suspicious??? You have all the places in the entire city of Downey to pull a robbery and you decide, "Yeah. Let's go rob someone at the POLICE DEPARTMENT. No one will ever catch us if we do it there. No one at the police department will be armed. Nothing to worry about there." I think there is more to this story that we are not hearing about.

Joe Blowey @ 11/19/2015 4:55 PM

Yeah park all the LAPD SQUAD CARS and officers in uniform along with SWAT and LENCOs in Somalia or Mogadishu I guarantee you they will rob all police in hours ahhhh what is the crime rate there in AFRICA? UH OH

Chuck W @ 11/19/2015 5:19 PM

Really, so you are going to rob someone in the parking lot of the police department (or an adjacent parking lot). Why then would you walk up (or run up) and immediately start shooting? Sounds like this was pre-planned and not a robbery.

Donald @ 11/19/2015 5:27 PM

It's hard to believe in this day and time that the City of Downey doesn't provide secured parking for their officers. It's obvious that this officer was targeted. I have no doubt that LASD will take care business and either arrest or eliminate the suspects. Rest in Peace my friend...

Donald @ 11/19/2015 5:27 PM

It's hard to believe in this day and time that the City of Downey doesn't provide secured parking for their officers. It's obvious that this officer was targeted. I have no doubt that LASD will take care business and either arrest or eliminate the suspects. Rest in Peace my friend...

John retired IA PD @ 11/19/2015 6:03 PM

Rest in peace officer Galvez. I saw two other news reports. One said that he was in a public parking lot with easy access to the PD and that he was not in one of the secure PD lots. Another report said that five people were in custody including the male they believe to be the shooter. It was also reported that the shooter and officer knew each other. The botched robbery story does not make any sense to me unless these suspects are very stupid. There is much more to this story than has been reported so far.

Rede2hike @ 11/20/2015 12:49 AM

If they had car per man take home cars this maybe wouldn't have happened. In my 25 years driving a cop car nobody has tried to rob me. Robbery, yeah right.

S.S. @ 11/20/2015 5:39 AM

This was no robbery. This was pre-meditated. They have search warrants, so I know they're gonna find something else. These guys can't be that smart. Just by the manner that it occurred. It's not a robbery.

Tschako @ 11/20/2015 8:11 AM

This is what the Black Lives Matter propaganda has been shouting for months. Nobody wants to say this for fear of being Politically Incorrect. It simply stinks of a targeted assassination.

TAM @ 11/20/2015 9:37 AM

The report says the officer was in his personal car in the lot and was "nearing the end of his shift". Any info on why he was in his personal vehicle while on shift? Something doesn't sound right. Rest in peace Officer Galvez.

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